Manuel Almunia: Andrey Arshavin Can Cause Havoc With Arsenal

The Spanish 'keeper expects the attack-minded Russian to give Premier League defenders a headache, praising the Russian’s quick-thinking...
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been tipped to shoehorn January signing Andrey Arshavin into his side for the match against Fulham this weekend in place of Emmanuel Eboue.

The Gunners will be hoping for a run of form to end a dry spell in front of goal. The Champions League win over Roma in midweek - thanks to a Robin van Persie penalty - should provide confidence, and goalie Manuel Almunia thinks that Arshavin can provide the spark.

"He is clever and looks for that quick, early shot to surprise teams," Almunia told the club's official website.

"I think he will create a mess in the defence of many teams because he is so tricky.

"I am sure he will be a big player for us and help us for the rest of the games in which he plays this season."

Arshavin is, of course, ineligible for continental competition because he turned out for Zenit St. Petersburg in the Champions League. However, he's expected to play a big part in the Premier League, in which the north London side have work to do if they want to return to Europe's elite competition.

Greg Ptolomey,